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ELPS professor named to CRSEA leadership position

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Dr. Enrique Alemán, Jr., professor and department chair in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was recently named vice president of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA). He will begin his new leadership role at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

“I am very humbled and honored to be nominated for and then elected to this position on the leadership team of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association,” said Alemán. “CRSEA is the premier organization that engages critical race scholars who are conducting research, who are involved with activist and transformative work in and with communities of color, and who are preparing the next generation of critical scholars of color.”

As vice president, Alemán will be part of the executive leadership team that will help lead the association’s 2020 conference planning, including developing a conference theme, taking part in paper selections, and coordinating conference scheduling. Following his year as vice president, Alemán will assume the CRSEA presidency in 2020.

“During this time, I hope to contribute with growing the organization’s membership and sustaining the organization’s long tradition of mentoring graduate students who are hoping to conduct critical race research projects,” he said.

CRSEA is national organization comprised of scholars, educators, activists, and community members from across the United States. Alemán has been a member of the association since 2009.

“Early in my career I was very fortunate to be introduced to this organization,” said Alemán. “I was able to present my work and be mentored by several senior critical race scholars. At this stage of my career, I feel fortunate that I’ll be able to give back and hopefully mentor and provide leadership to an organization that has facilitated the successful transition of many graduate students of color to the professoriate.”

Alemán joined the college as professor and department chair in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on Chicana/o and Latina/o educational issues, policies, and leadership.

“Critical race studies is continually evolving,” said Alemán. “Scholars are consistently introducing new ways of understanding our world and new methods for challenging what has been the country’s and our educational institutions’ biggest obstacle to equal opportunity – how racism, inequity, and power work together to stymie justice in our society. I hope to learn new ways of challenging this problem and to create more opportunities for collaboration with the brilliant emerging scholars and the pioneering critical race theorists who continue to conduct, extend and live a critical race scholarship.”

Learn more about Dr. Enrique Alemán, Jr.

Learn more about the Critical Race Studies in Education Association.

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